All our team are native English speakers.
The owners of Ultimate have taught skiing and snowboarding all over the world; Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, New Zealand and in North and South America before Ultimate Snowsports was born in 2007. After 10 successful years in Tignes & Val d’Isere, we are proud to offer the same great product with new, friendly, experienced instructors joining the team each year.
All our instructors are qualified to the highest possible standard (BASI Level 4 International Ski Teacher Diploma) and have all the appropriate paperwork to be working legally in France. A few of our instructors have made it to the dizzy heights of being selected as trainers and examiners for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors. They ensure that Ultimate Snowsports instructors are at the forefront of the industry using the most up-to-date tools and techniques to improve your skiing, whatever your level.
The concept of offering a 100% British ski school, means that there will never be a language barrier between you and your instructor.
We all look forward to sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with you on the mountain.
Home town: Rossett
Likes: coffee time
Ben has an unsurpassed depth of ski knowledge, with a passion for those dreaded moguls! Ben started skiing at the age of 7, at The Oval dry ski slope. After many ski holidays and after completing his first instructor courses, Ben starting working for the Interski Snowsports School at the age of 18. Since then Ben has completed a whopping 23 winter seasons, 12 of which were continuous between New Zealand, Europe and America, which makes him the most experienced seasonnaire at Ultimate Snowsports!
Alongside his full ISTD teaching qualification, Ben also holds the trainer qualification. He is an examiner for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors and is highly respected within the organisation.
In his free time he is keen to keep active by cycling or playing squash, yet he is not averse to winding down the hours sat back in a comfy chair watching non-stop sport!
Home town: Stoke
Likes: ice cream
Simon started skiing at the age of 3 and has loved it ever since. From racing at Stoke Ski Centre dry slope, he progressed to national team level before ‘retiring’ to pursue an honours degree in Business and Music at Liverpool University. Simon completed his full ISTD qualification at the young age of 20, since then has enjoyed many seasons teaching skiing, mostly in Espace Killy. After spending 2 winters working in Val d’Isere for BASS, he moved to Ultimate Snowsports in 2007. He feels that there is no better place to live and work in the world. He is also a Snowboard ISIA instructor.
Si is also a mono-board instructor for Ultimate! He is currently a 3 time Mono-Ski world champion, an event hosted in Val d’Isere every April. He has exceptional technical knowledge and ability, which coupled with a fun loving personality means that you will have a great experience whatever your level!
In his spare time he enjoys any active sports such as; windsurfing, surfing and cycling. He is keen to spend next summer improving his golf!
Home town: Stoke
Likes: keeping busy
Matt learnt to ski in Scotland aged 5, he then became a member at Stoke Ski Centre dry slope at the age of 12. Since then, Matt has skied and taught all over the world. He is an off-piste master, always in search of high peaks and fresh tracks. At the age of 16, Matt climbed Mont Blanc, unguided; at great achievement at such a young age. 10 years later, he returned with Fred Dibblee to ski down the North Face of Mont Blanc.
After achieving a BA Hons in Environmental Studies at Sheffield University and flying through the instructor qualifications system, Matt could not resist the pull of the mountains, where he taught in Verbier, Morzine and New Zealand.
He has a huge passion for DIY and gardening. During the summer he can be found renovating his house in Stoke. Even on winter nights in Tignes, after a day on the slopes and an evening in the office, Matt will find time to renovate his flat!
Home town: North Lincolnshire
Likes: organising and planning
Caroline is the only female instructor for Ultimate Snowsports. She is more than capable of showing the boys up with her technical precision. Caroline first put skis on her feet on a school holiday and has never looked back.
Skiing has taken Caroline all over the world, she has taught in; Italy, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and America. She has also been known to share her knowledge at UK snow domes! Caroline’s enthusiasm and energy means that you will have a great time!
Caroline has spent many summers as a maternity nurse. In fact, she has over 13 years experience in child care and maternity care. She also holds an NVQ Qualification in Childcare Education and is a registered Maternity Practitioner (OCN Award).
Her claim to fame is singing during the opening ceremony at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2007 Millennium Dome opening.
In her spare time Caroline enjoys cycling, walking and will always finds time for cooking and baking.
Home town: Glasgow
Likes: Skiing (also jam doughnuts, acdc and jelly based sweets to name but a few things)
Gregor started skiing in Scotland as a youngster and has never looked back. He has skied and taught all over the world including the States, Australia and Switzerland. He has always loved Tignes and is super happy be here.
Apart from ski teaching Gregor has a degree in chemistry and has worked as the head UK rep for Dynastar/lange and many other ski brands.
When not on the hill teaching he can be found in the powder with his mates or watching Celtic or Scotland win!
Home town: Ravenshead
Likes: keeping active, tea and coffee.
Tom started skiing at the age of 12 on school trips, enjoyed his first winter season at the age of 20, and completed his first teaching qualification 2 years later in the Aosta valley.
It was here that Tom managed the Interski Snowsports School for 3 years, but has also experienced winters in Italy, NZ, and of course most recently Tignes.
Winters are now a complete part of his life!
Continuing the trend of our instructors who enjoy teaching all abilities and all ages, he is another great asset to the team!
In addition to his ISTD Teaching Diploma, Tom studied Business Tourism Management at the University of Hertfordshire.
During the summer months, Tom has worked at many music and sporting events and was also recruited as a staffing manager for the Olympic park at London 2012.
Some of the many activities Tom enjoys include cycling, playing golf and more recently a love of surfing and wakesurfing.
Home town: York
Likes: Movies, ice cream & bourbon biscuits
Mikey started skiing at the age of 4, and has been hooked ever since. After obtaining a Politics degree at Manchester, Mike returned to the slopes, and has completed many seasons in The Three Valleys, Verbier, Thredbo and now Tignes.
In his free time, he enjoys skiing off-piste and bumps, and is forever keen on furthering his technical ability.
In the summer he hopes to spend more time travelling, and to be back in Whistler, Canada.
Home town: Cambridge
Likes: awful daytime films
Fred, a true mountain man quit his ‘proper’ job to spend most of his life in the mountains. He learnt to ski at the age of 5 and since then has done season in Verbier, Courchevel, and New Zealand, after completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
We often see Fred heading off into the hills to develop mountain skills – ski touring to access powder filled areas in search of the perfect turn. A great example of this would be the Italian Couloir with Matt, on the Grande Casse; allegedly 51 degrees! His relaxed approach to life ensures that you will always feel at ease and safe in his lessons.
Fred spends each summer travelling and guiding groups, mostly based in North Wales. He has twice led groups up the 3 Peak Challenge (the highest mountains in Scotland, England & Wales, within 24 hours!) and also led many groups up the Welsh 3000s (24 miles in 24 hours – 15 peaks above 3000 feet).
Fred is always striving for more personal development; he is currently taking his Outdoor Qualifications, Summer Leader Qualification and Mountain Instructor Award Training.In his spare time,
Fred enjoys cycling and when he’s not out socialising he can be found watching and strangely enjoying extremely bad T.V. programmes!
Home town: Stoke
Likes: saving money
Sean learnt to ski later than most of us, at the old age of 15! This was at Stoke Ski Centre on a dry slope. After skiing on club holidays Sean realised that skiing would be his number one sport! He competed on the dry slope race circuit, achieving high results and has focused on technical perfection ever since.
Flying through his exams, Sean achieved the Level 4 Diploma and soon after became an examiner for the British Association of Snowsports Instructors.
He has a flair for big mountain and freestyle skiing, and loves to watch freestyle and backcountry ski films in his spare time. Sean has a real passion for down-hill mountain biking and enjoys using the downhill tracks which open every summer in Tignes. He is currently riding with the Wye Valley Warriors Club. You will now find Sean living in South Wales, where he spends his spare time biking or renovating his house.
Home town: Newcastle (UPON-TYNE WHY I)
New to Ultimate for winter 2017-2018, Jenny has already assisted many happy customers with lessons, and is loving her time snowboarding on the slopes.
Jenny first strapped on a snowboard in 2014 in Queenstown New Zealand, finding time for the slopes, after 8 months of school teaching further North in Auckland.
Or resident Geordie, spends her mornings representing for Ultimate Snowsports, by afternoon she is shredding the pow and by evening… using her past skills as a primary school teacher to teach the rest of The TCC team her ‘real dance moves’, (mainly air thrusting and dancing on people’s shoulders).
You’ll also find her sippin on gin and juice and always smiling, never a dull moment when Jenny is around. She is an absolute inspiration for party games; what Jenny doesn’t know about this, simply isn’t worth knowing.
Back at home, she enjoys surfing on the beautifully cold beaches of Northumberland.